Ever wonder if you are not showing off a scarf of yours in an ideal way?
We know what you mean and can help! Here's one really nice tie to consider:
Ever wonder if you are not showing off a scarf of yours in an ideal way?
We know what you mean and can help! Here's one really nice tie to consider:
Posted at 10:47 PM in WB- In Clothing- Silk Scarves- How To Tie | Permalink | Comments (0)
New to scarves but love them and want to know what is the best all around tie? There is a reason why this is finally starting to take off in this country!
The "Euro Knot" has been prevalent in Europe for some time. This is also known as the Hacking Knot:
Posted at 10:54 PM in WB- In Clothing- Silk Scarves- How To Tie | Permalink | Comments (0)
Some scarves really benefit from certain ties. It's often because of the kind of pattern on a scarf and where certain colors are. Equip yourself with a few good scarf ties and you will be prepared to showcase most scarf patterns beautifully. Here's a really good tie I end up using a lot:
Posted at 11:03 PM in WB- In Clothing- Silk Scarves- How To Tie | Permalink | Comments (0)
People don't always realize that you can use pashmina wrap scarves for ties that are perhaps more often used with lighter, smaller scarves, such a silk scarves. Once you realize what we are doing at the start, you can apply it to most scarf ties:
Posted at 08:52 PM in WB- In Clothing- Pashmina Wraps- How To Tie | Permalink | Comments (0)
This is perhaps the most popular way of wearing a pashmina. It is actually being "wrapped" around you for maximum coverage. Sometimes you may want that coverage to complete a look. Other times you may want it to warm up:
Posted at 09:02 PM in WB- In Clothing- Pashmina Wraps- How To Tie | Permalink | Comments (1)
Yes, you can tie a pashmina into an ascot! And during cold months this will make you look very stylish and help keep you nice and toasty! If you chill easily, you might even want to use this tie other times of year on a chilly day:
Posted at 09:09 PM in WB- In Clothing- Pashmina Wraps- How To Tie | Permalink | Comments (0)
This is the way we all would wear winter scarves during the later part of the last century. There is a reason. It works! And when you use a simple loop with a pashmina you can get a really lovely, more delicate look, with a splash of color and texture:
Posted at 09:15 PM in WB- In Clothing- Pashmina Wraps- How To Tie | Permalink | Comments (0)
This is perhaps the favorite newer way of wearing a pashmina. It is both extremely attractive and can keep you warm if its cold inside or outside:
Posted at 09:22 PM in WB- In Clothing- Pashmina Wraps- How To Tie | Permalink | Comments (0)
Want to look positively elegant? Use this wrap technique. And, a big plus is it's simple to make! For years I didn't know exactly what I was seeing. I just knew the woman wearing some kind of outer garmet looked so beautiful and elegant. It's your turn!:
Posted at 09:32 PM in WB- In Clothing- Pashmina Wraps- How To Tie | Permalink | Comments (0)
This is such a clever scarf tie! And it looks incredibly nice when you use a pashmina for it. The pashminas that have a bit of silk in them tend to look really good even with traditional scarf ties such as this.
Posted at 09:43 PM in WB- In Clothing- Pashmina Wraps- How To Tie | Permalink | Comments (0)
People don't realize they can use traditional scarf ties with pashminas. You can! It helps if the fabric has some silk in it. With an ascot, you tend to get a very smart and stately look. Keep in mind this tie with a pashmina really should be done when the temps are cool, because this will warm you up:
Posted at 10:04 PM in WB- In Clothing- Pashmina Wraps- How To Tie | Permalink | Comments (0)
You'll be gorgeous in this wrap done this way. Given the color and how the wrap is being placed, I'd probably reserve this combination for a special and/or fancy occasion:
Posted at 10:09 PM in WB- In Clothing- Pashmina Wraps- How To Tie | Permalink | Comments (0)
Understated and handsome. That is the effect this combination can create. This scarf tie is taking off like crazy here in the states. I suspect it's largely because it looks so good and is quick and easy to make. Note: the euro knot is also known as the hacking knot:
Posted at 10:19 PM in WB- In Clothing- Pashmina Wraps- How To Tie | Permalink | Comments (0)
You can make this tie as form fitting or loose and breezy as you want. This segment shows the tie someplace in the middle. It's flattering and very comfortable at the same time:
Posted at 10:37 AM in WB- In Clothing- Sarongs and Pareos- How To Tie | Permalink | Comments (0)
This is my absolute favorite sarong tie. Your look is positively beautiful and alluring when the sarong fabric is decent and the design and colors are excellent as they are here:
Posted at 10:45 AM in WB- In Clothing- Sarongs and Pareos- How To Tie | Permalink | Comments (0)
Another name for this post could be, how to look like a million bucks and exotic in two seconds! And to think this is just a swim cover up! Aside from knowing about the tie, you really have to be using a high quality sarong. It needs to have the generous dimensions, the heavier weight rayon, and last but not least,you need a fabulous color and fabric design. Get ready to be captivating!:
Posted at 10:53 AM in WB- In Clothing- Sarongs and Pareos- How To Tie | Permalink | Comments (0)
This tie can be as form fitting or loose and breezy as you like. Here, it is somewhere in between. The draping effect, which you get whether it's tight or loose, is amazing and incredibly beautiful. Keep in mind to pull this off, you need a high quality sarong with generous dimensions, heavier weight rayon, and a drop dead gorgeous color and pattern, as you have here!:
Posted at 11:02 AM in WB- In Clothing- Sarongs and Pareos- How To Tie | Permalink | Comments (0)
This is very pratical and attractive. If you don't want your legs to get any more sun or you are stepping away from the pool or beach for lunch, you can just tie your sarong into a long skirt and you'll look cute and very tropical! :
Posted at 11:09 AM in WB- In Clothing- Sarongs and Pareos- How To Tie | Permalink | Comments (0)
One of the reasons why I love traditional sarongs is you can use one sarong to create SO many very different and gorgeous ties. In a word, they are unbelievably VERSATILE! Who would have thought something that can make those gorgeous sarong dress ties can also be used to make this adorable short skirt tie!:
Posted at 11:19 AM in WB- In Clothing- Sarongs and Pareos- How To Tie | Permalink | Comments (0)
OK, I know, keep it simple. There are times when you don't want to have to think about a swim cover up, at least, how to tie it. But, you also want to wear something that does the job and is also attractive. And, yes, that includes something that is slenderizing and flattering. I hear you! And, I've been there, a lot. If you will be wearing a black bathing suit or one with dark colors in it, this is your answer!:
Posted at 11:30 AM in WB- In Clothing- Sarongs and Pareos- How To Tie | Permalink | Comments (0)
Feeling overwhelmed with your vacation plans? There are times when you don't want to have to think about a swim cover up, at least, how to tie it. But, you also want to wear something that does the job and is also attractive. And, yes, that includes something that is slenderizing and flattering. I hear you! And, I've been there, a lot. This is your answer when you are wearing a white bathing suit or one with a design that is pastel or has white in it!:
Posted at 11:38 AM in WB- In Clothing- Sarongs and Pareos- How To Tie | Permalink | Comments (0)
Need a swim cover up or pareo that is absolutely no fuss? There are times when you don't want to have to think about a swim cover up, at least, how to tie it. But, you also want to wear something that does the job and is also attractive, maybe even alluring. And, yes, that includes something that is slenderizing and flattering. I hear you! And, I've been there, a lot. If you will be wearing a black bathing suit or one with dark colors in it, and you want to let your legs get some sun, this is your answer!:
Posted at 11:42 AM in WB- In Clothing- Sarongs and Pareos- How To Tie | Permalink | Comments (0)
Love your bathing suit and don't want to totally hide it with shorts on your way to the beach or pool? And you'd really like the answer to be attractive. And, yes, that includes something that is slenderizing and flattering. The solution involves chiffon (semi-sheer) fabric. And a white one is perfect when you are wearing a white bathing suit or one with light pastel colors or a print with white in it!:
Posted at 11:56 AM in WB- In Clothing- Sarongs and Pareos- How To Tie | Permalink | Comments (0)
Perhaps you have an elderly relative or friend who is now in a small apartment or assisted living. It's often important or preferred to keep her volume of "things" down and footprint minimal. Although sending fruit supports this objective, there is a risk to consider.
It is so common to send fruit on certain holidays and for some types of celebrations, like birthdays.
If it's going to a large or young, health conscious family that likes fruit, you have a good chance of it being enjoyed and used just as long as not too many others are sending the same thing.
In the case of it going to one person, like an aunt, mom or a grandma, the probability that it will get eaten drops significantly, particularly when others are also thinking about sending fruit. If this happens (and it often can, particularly with big holidays or important celebrations), there is no way all of the fruit will get eaten by this one person. And you may be lucky if it ends up being taken to a shelter or food pantry before it becomes too ripe or rotten.
You should also think about the possibility that she would like something that she can keep more than a week. There are alternatives to sending fruit which don't take up a lot of space. Perhaps this person is in a nursing home or in assisted living or just plain has too much "stuff". The idea of getting something perishable isn't bad because of this. The problem is that there may be a good chance it won't get used. So, even though it will be removed from the living space in a short period of time, in this case, it may not be eaten and enjoyed.
If you are open doing something other than sending fruit this year, keep in mind that sentimental women sometimes like something they can hold or look at to remind them of you and your thoughtfulness! And, if she really doesn't tend to buy nice things for herself, something to consider is a well made silk scarf in time-tested colors and a timeless design. Otherwise, you may want to consider some wonderful bees wax candles or fragrant triple milled soap.
Regardless of the way you go, make sure you give some attention to the gift delivery and presentation. It can be just as important as the gift itself! It helps the recipient to get excited about receiving a gift and to also become filled with wonder about what the gift might actually be.
Posted at 08:19 PM in WB- In Gift Giving | Permalink | Comments (0)
I love roses a lot, believe me. But over the years, I've grown to love peonies, perhaps as much, if not more than roses. After you hear more details from this article, you may start to feel the same way!
Posted at 01:17 PM in WB- In Gift Giving | Permalink | Comments (0)
As the temperature outside right now is just like yesterday, in the high 80's, I'm hoping that some of you are on vacation and able to enjoy the weather at a pool or beach. I am also hoping that instead of shorts and a top, you are using a traditional sarong as a swim cover up! I have been wearing these since the late 1980's. There are many reasons. I guess the best one is, unlink shorts, they can be worn so many different ways that are incredibly attractive and flattering. Here's instructions on how to make a sarong tie that is easy and gorgeous. In fact, I wear this tie the most often, without a question:
Posted at 02:26 PM in WB- In Clothing- Sarongs and Pareos | Permalink | Comments (0)
Is the combination of there being healthy and delectable qualities in one food item even possible? Yes! I am constantly trying different combinations of wholesome ingredients to get not just palatable, but fantastic replacements for traditional bakery items. You've got to try this!: Maple Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookie Crumble
Posted at 12:18 PM in WB- In Health and Diet | Permalink | Comments (0)
Appreciating the finer things in life is a good trait. Like anything else, though, striking a balance is important.
If you want to buy a gorgeous scarf, are you going to automatically buy one that is the most expensive?
Why don't you try to find the "next" Hermes instead? It could be a fun adventure and you'd save you a boatload of cash!
Have you ever watched ‘The Voice"? An interesting aspect of this program is the idea that as an expert (here, in vocal music), you could potentially identify a real, unknown musical talent and even be a part of their evolving story. That can be very rewarding. "America's Got Talent" has done something incredible here. Did you watch when they had Jackie Evancho on last year in August and September? She was just 10 years old. Without question, she is a gifted prodigy who sings opera essentially flawlessly.
Would you have any interest in finding the next generation of this or that? If yes, what topics do you think you are qualified to do this? Singers, actors, automobiles, food, clothing? And then, what do you have access, time and/or funding to do? With clothing, especially accessories, access shouldn't be too difficult and you might be able to find the next best ones without spending that much money. For example, have you ever heard of Franco Sarto shoes? They are made in Italy and have beautiful, timeless design lines, the best materials and are incredibly well made. I fell in love with a pair of Franco Sarto pumps several years ago that had a 3" heel and a strap that would cross at the ankle. For as long as this style was available (about 3 years), I would buy three pair at a time (I was in consulting and on my feet all the time). Believe me, when you consider the shoe, these were incredibly reasonably priced ($65/pair).
Let's talk about scarves. It's true, the top of the line is Hermes. And you pay for them, for sure. I've seen them run from $300 to $800. The price can drop quite a bit just switching to another well known designer. I have a wonderful Ralph Lauren chiffon silk scarf with a delicate paisley design that I paid $75 for. Some seasons Echo may have a couple scarves that have good material, colors and designs. I've paid around $40 for them. But, lately, I've seen that a lot of their scarf products are very faddish and not as high quality as they've been other years.
I think its fun to try to find scarves that approach or are equal to Hermes in terms of quality of silk material, design and color, but are significantly less in cost. You feel like you've accomplished something when you've been successful, not to mention the fact that you have saved a lot of money! In some ways, you might be able to compare this to the stock market. You want to catch a good stock on its way up in price, not when it has peaked, if you can help it, because you'll be paying top dollar for it then.
In your search for the next Hermes, you will surely encounter the fakes. They are out there. Whether their manufacturers are blatant and copy famous existing scarf designs or they just stamp out junk, I am stunned at the proliferation of pieces of material these companies are calling scarves. I wouldn't even want to use any of them for house cleaning rags. Really! The truth is, plan to see very low quality silk, colors, designs and processes during this endeavor.
I encourage you to become an educated shopper in whatever area you decide to try to find the next one for tomorrow. That will allow the process to be fun instead of frustrating. In the case of silk scarves for example, there are very specific qualities you should be aware of and looking for. Have fun!
Posted at 02:29 PM in WB- In Clothing- Silk Scarves | Permalink | Comments (1)
I'm up for trying out different modes of transportation. But, did you know that when you are learning to fly helicopters, you have to do autorotations? I'll let wikipedia explain what they are: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autorotation
So, you basically have to turn the ship into a pinwheel. Nice huh? Here is some helicopter autorotation landing footage from a lesson my friend took the other day:
Posted at 06:45 PM in WB- In Transportation | Permalink | Comments (0)
There's something special about that cool crisp air and the changing leaves against a deep blue sky. Picking apples for pie and pumpkins for Halloween jack o lanterns and Thanksgiving pie are some of my favorite activities. Wanting comfort food this time of year like mashed potatoes and squash is only natural. It warms you up and sustains you. If you are careful, it doesn't have to wreck your weight. This recipe is a great example of how you can have your cake and eat it too! Sweet Potato Rounds
An interesting variation on this would be to use maple syrup instead of honey and perhaps even a walnut half on each round. This makes it just a little bit fancier. And although both versions are scrumptious, this variation is especially nice for the holidays.
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Whether your daughter is beginning to think she's a little old for trick or treating or she is feeling a bit overwhelmed by the new school year schedule, you can show you care by giving her a delicate and beautiful light orange (several shades lighter than a pumpkin!), pashmina wrap.
This is a color that works surprisingly well in the fall and incredibly well in the spring, summer and during tropical vacation get-aways, in the evening. Be warned, mom may want to borrow it! This video shows one way of wearing it as well as what it looks like when you are inside and outside.
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Get a copy of "Clear Skin" by Kenneth L. Flandermeyer MD. I think it's been out of print for a number of years. But, you ocassionally can find it at used book retailers and Amazon. At this writing, Amazon has three new copies of it (starting at $50.80!) and two "collectible" copies for $6.80. It's a paper back. So, I'd grab a less expensive one.
In the summer, I have to use the cleanser full strength twice a day in order to sufficiently break up the kind of oil that forms on my face. This regimen would cause too much irritation for anyone that does not have thick skin and oil. The cleanser's active ingredients are 2% sulfur and 2% salicylic acid.
These ingredients used to be in Fostex Medicated Cleansing Cream (no longer available). Fortunately, Sebulex which is technically a Medicated Dandruff Shampoo has these active ingredients. This product used to be stocked automatically at Walgreens and CVS. Here's an option for buying it online.
These days, we all need to pinch pennies and while the cost of Sebulex has probably doubled in 10 years, it is still only $12. Even using it full strength, this one bottle will last me 6 months. I buy two at the same time for one year and I have to pay $5.00 in shipping and handling. That's $29.00 a year, $2.42/month or 8 cents/day. If you instead use one of the newer products now available like Proactiv, assuming you'd get a monthly shipment and it's $19.99 plus $5 shipping and handling, it would be approximately $19.99 + 5= 24.99 mo x 12 = 299.88/year or 82 cents a day. That's 10 times as much money!
You have many choices today for keeping your skin clear and healthy. Just remember, despite all the fancy packaging and advertising out there, it does not have to cost you a fortune. If you want to try going a cheaper route, the only real challenge may be to correctly classify the oiliness of your skin, identify the right cleanser strength and the frequency of washings.
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The prevalent historical definition of Waste Not Want Not is “wise use of one's resources will keep one from poverty”. I would like to propose an alternative green definition “waste not want (or need) less (going forward)”.
I never was a fan of throwing out or tearing down anything for the sake of getting something new. Something new isn’t always better. A lot of times it isn’t as well made and there won’t be any sentimental value in it. See what you think after reading this green article.
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I know that it is good to be and go green, reduce our carbon footprint, etc. What would make this goal really attractive to the masses and me? Reduce some painful cost I’m currently absorbing right now, every month. Make it obvious. Give me a break even point that hits fast.
I researched photovoltaic (solar panel) technology recently and made a 5 point checklist to help me decide whether to get solar panels now or not. It really makes it very clear how to proceed given a particular situation.
If you score well, you should seriously consider getting solar panels for your roof right now! Every month that goes by with you not using this technology will unnecessarily take a lot more money out of your pocket to pay for electricity.
Slowly but surely early adopters of creating solar energy at and for residential homes are increasing in numbers. A couple of years ago, my mom even had solar panels installed on her roof. Not only does this system generate all the electrical energy she'll ever need, it will generate a surplus she gets credit for!
I pay on average of $250 a month for electricity. When you consider that bill could go away entirely for many years, that is a small fortune!
I've identified five factors that indicate whether considering this now makes sense for you.
First, the cost of buying or leasing a new solar panel system for your roof is a significant factor. The good news is, the costs here are coming down, fast. There can also be special pricing for new regions or at certain times of the year. And with leasing now possible, with some of these companies, you may find you break even sooner going that way.
Second, the government rebate program(s) available to you when you'd be able to commit to a system can amount to a major chunk of the cost. My mother's total rebate was 70% of $40,000. But every year what is available in terms of rebates changes and it also depends on where you live.
Third, the amount of southern exposure your home has is a huge factor. If you are on a north side of a hill, and your home has little or no southern exposure, this will probably not be something you can pursue now while at your current home. You may say, "Well, I have a field." The costs for a photovoltaic system that is stand-alone goes up exponentially, at least at this writing. This is not going to be financially feasible for you given what is currently available here and its cost.
Fourth, the contiguous amount of usable roof surface footage for the portion facing south is another factor. If you have dormers, it interrupts the continuity and will reduce your usable footage for the solar panels.
Fifth, the amount of daylight and sunny days your region gets annually on average is key. If you live in Seattle, Washington or Portland, Oregon, for example, the numbers may not work out for you based on where the technology and cost is at today.
I worked with both Solarcity and Sungevity this summer. Both are very professional and will work closely with you. With their help, you'll be able to answer each of these items. Note: They even work with existing satellite image data of your home (and roof) to be able to give very accurate preliminary estimates of what they'd think they'd be working with, given your specific situation.
There is one more thing to consider which is different from the 5 factors I've already covered. It has to do with your electrical consumption. Now, some of you may say, "Why are you bringing that up? Any excess you don't need you'd get credit for, etc. " How a credit is handled may be different depending on where you live. My mom, for example looses any credit she has accumulated at the end of the year. I'm told, however, some utilities in some parts of the country will actually cut you a check and pay you directly for the energy on a regular basis.
Also, even though I had a south facing house and roof, the usable surface area was not that significant. The system that could be installed on my roof could only accommodate about 30% of my electricity needs. My break-even point would be just 3 years. But, because I wasn't getting much of my bill paid for, I want to hold out for more efficient photovoltaic technology that has a smaller footprint. It's a calculated chance I'm taking. The technology may take 10 or 15 years to become available. Or, maybe it will be just 5 years! It was a 15 year lease I'd be locked into. I simply want to keep my options open for right now.
My situation does not mean that getting into solar panel technology isn't perfect timing for many of you! I know it is.
Posted at 09:44 AM in WB- In Being Green, WB- In Good Thoughts | Permalink | Comments (0)
Did you know that when you feel beautiful you become beautiful? There are four things that you need to do in order to make this work. The first one is a surprise to a lot of people. It's finding and actively pursuing your passions.
Passions are those things you have an extreme interest in. They reflect your personality, your curiosities and what you can seemingly effortlessly get joy from. They can easily fill you up and sustain you when you are running on empty. They help bring out the best in you and help you to feel happy inside. When you feel happy, physiologically, it triggers many wonderful things, including becoming more physically beautiful, on some level. This article covers each of the four things I've discovered which will show you how to feel beautiful and therefore be beautiful.
Posted at 10:02 PM in WB- In Good Thoughts | Permalink | Comments (0)
Have you ever been on a train? How about a steam locomotive?
I first experienced steam locomotives as a child in eastern Massachusetts. Those of you who live near or visited Boston or Cape Cod may be familiar with the place that has them. It's called Edaville Railroad. It's one of the oldest heritage railroads in the country. It's a 2 ft narrow gauge line which operates excursion trains around cranberry bogs.
Even in a standing position, a steam locomotive with its engine running over powers the senses. You become completely enthralled. Somehow you sense the raw power of the thing. When you think about when it was invented, you realize the sheer magnitude of the technology. It had played a very major role in changing (and improving) the way human beings live.
The US had started to use steam locomotives in the late 1820's. The South Carolina Railroad was the first commercially successful railway. In December of 1830 the inaurgural train was hauled by The Best Friend of Charleston steam locomotive.
Diesel electric locomotives appeared in the mid 1930s. Diesel reduced maintenance costs dramatically and increased locomotive capacity. A new diesel locomotive could provide perhaps 350,000 miles a year vs. approx. 130,000 for a steam locomotive. The switch over to diesel was slow in the 1940s because of World War II. The rate of replacement increased in the 1950s.
The Grand Trunk Western used some steam locomotives on regular passenger trains through 1961. The Union Pacific is the only remaining Class I railroad in this country that hasn't totally dieselized. It has one operational steam locomotive, Union Pacific 844. The Silverton branch of the Denver and Rio Grande Western (now Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad), uses steam locomotives still and has since it began in the early 1880s.
Here are some pictures from the most recent time I saw a steam locomotive (Winter, 2009).
Steam locomotives are very special, truly wonderful things. Seek them out to see for yourself!
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I vividly remember hearing a great new rock and roll song on the radio just about every week. Anyone growing up during the 60s thru 80s knows exactly what I'm talking about.
I'm not saying there is never any good music getting promoted anymore. But, it is rare. You are lucky to hear something that is even melodic. And when it is, the song can be mind numbingly simple. And, then there is rap. Yes, I know it's is a form of communication and sometimes very important things are getting said. But, I don't look at it as music, for the most part.
When you look up the definition of music, you'll see there are a few definitions. The first is (1) vocal, instrumental, or mechanical sounds having rhythm, melody, or harmony. And the second definition is (2) an agreeable sound
So, it is technically accurate to say rap is music. But because it is not an agreeable sound to me, it is not music to me.
My dad taught music to teenagers and is a musician. I heard only "early" music (baroque, classical and romantic) through the age of 4. I loved Mozart right away. I think it was because of the light and beautiful melodies that are so prevalent in his work. I can appreciate several other forms of music.
When I was 5 - 6, my babysitter would play The Beatles. I liked their songs a lot. Simply put, the melodies are sweet. With time, I learned to like many different types of rock and roll. Hard, soft, acid, even heavy metal. Blues, and certain types of Jazz and Country have great qualities too.
I feel two groups of people suffer a lot from record company greed and the fact that they only promote singers, songwriters and bands that fit in a formula that maximizes near term money making.
(1) People who grew up from the 90s onward. Every year, it seems, less and less really good music is getting published by the big record companies. So, little if any is available in the main stream. This results in many young people never getting exposure to and developing an appreciation for truly wonderful new music.
Periodically, some folks in this age group can stumble on this reality. Perhaps they hear a great young band live one night. In studying them you learn about what influenced their style and you realize there is this other world of music and groups that are light years better than most of what is promoted today.
(2) The singers, songwriters and the other folks in truly gifted groups or bands that never get that "big break" because the major record companies only care about making as much money as possible right now instead of promoting amazing music.
Off the top of my head, I can think of three absolutely incredible rock and roll groups that can run circles around most of what is out there today. Yet, they are largely unknown.
Screamin Cheetah Wheelies
Listen to their music. Read their lyrics. See for yourself just how wonderful it is! Tell your friends! With some luck, someday the major record companies will begin to address the huge disservice. Great music really enriches each and every one of us every minute we get to listen to it.
Posted at 04:30 PM in WB- In Music | Permalink | Comments (0)
Overall, we've have had a very good quality of life in this country for 6 to 7 decades now. And, I think we all take this for granted to varying degrees. If we don't address our national debt effectively soon, the wonderful quality of life we enjoy in this country will be lost. If people can understand a few important concepts related to this crisis, I think we can begin to do what we are able to do so well in this country of ours, work together to address the underlying problems and heal the situation.
At the end of December 2011, the Treasury Department spent $148 billion dollars of our tax revenue on our national debt. And that was ONLY an interest payment! To put it in perspective, NASA cost $4 billion dollars. The Department of Education cost $17 billion dollars. And the Department of Transportation was $21 billion dollars.
Our national debt is 15.5 trillion dollars. Our total revenue annually is only 2.57 trillion dollars. There is no word or phrase that begins to describe just how disgusting this situation is!
Total government spending a year is 3.83 trillion dollars. The difference between 3.83 and 2.57 trillion dollars is 1.27 trillion dollars. So, on top of everything else, we have a budget deficit of 1.27 trillion dollars for the year!
In the early 80s our national debt was about 3 trillion dollars. We had about 250 million people in the country. At the time, I calculated how much this would be per person. It was $12,000 per person. Now, we are at about 310 million people. It's now $50,000 per person. And every year we don't balance the budget and/or don't pay down the principal on the national debt, that amount goes up, significantly. Note that the national debt is not allocated across people this way. But, I think this view helps you to easily understand it.
I've been voting since the age of 18. It is such a wonderful privilege. Not everyone in the world is able to influence how their government is run. Unfortunately, most of the candidates we can vote for today seem to care about their political power and wealth more than getting our precious country on a solid and healthy track.
I think it's counterproductive to point fingers at who might be more to blame for how we got here. I also believe that each of us needs to take some responsibility for where we are right now. What matters now is to address this effectively NOW. If we don't, the price will be the quality of our future.
We need to take drastic action on a number of fronts. Here's MY six suggestions.
Note: This site contains the detail for a lot of the data I used here:
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I grew up in the 70s. The pharmacy had only Clearasil and benzoyl peroxide products that you would put directly on acne. The benzoyl peroxide was only slightly better than the Clearasil. And, neither got rid of microcomedones fully to ensure you didn't ever break out with zits again.
There is no reason for anyone to have to live with acne today. There are a number of solutions available that will work. Several of these, however, are expensive. There is a way to get the same effect at a fraction of the cost. The key is to break the acne cycle so that it doesn't have the chance to form even microscopically.
During my teens, I had very light acne around my nose and on my chin. But, in my early 20s, I began to see this "adult" acne. It occurred much deeper in the skin and was very painful to the touch. It would also take many days to run its course. I decided to go to a dermatologist. The doctor put me on Desquam-x (prescription strength topical Benzoyl Peroxide) and Tetracycline. For one year, my skin was clear. But, right at the year mark, I had a bad flare-up. My medicine routine made no difference at all. The doctor doubled my Tetracycline dosage and said to "Try that." I did and it made little if any difference.
It was at this point that I decided to do some research to see if I could discover what was happening with my skin. I found this amazing little book called "Clear Skin". It explains scientifically what normal and oily skin are as well as what acne is and how you can interrupt the formation of it before you can see and feel it.
Bottom line, there is a way to manage and completely control your acne condition. And it's done microscopically. The method that is used is called "dry and peel". And essentially, when you can keep your skin pores clear and not clogged with oil, you will avoid a pre-acne condition (microcomedones) and therefore, you'll avoid getting acne again.
People with oily skin have one to two characteristics that cause them to run into skin problems (1) overly productive oil glands (2) much thicker oil (that regular cleansing products can't break up and remove sufficiently) than what other people produce.
Once you understand this, you can consider a wider spectrum of solutions, several of which, don't cost you a fortune to clear your skin and control your acne. If you want to try going a cheaper route, the only real challenge may be to correctly classify the oiliness of your skin, identify the right cleanser strength and the frequency of washings. Want more details? Click Here.
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I wonder if you know what you are missing.Take a look at this.
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Its easy to reduce our consumption of candy and sweets when you make the replacements really cool! For example, you can Go Green this Easter with a Green Easter Basket! This year, along with a few traditional items of chocolate and jelly beans, we are going green with special (young) plants! Featured here are Gardenia ‘Frostproof’ (Gardenia Jasmine), Lady of the Night (Brunfelsia gigantea), and Corkscrew Flower (Vigna caracalla). Each of these are known for one or more of the following: beauty, length of bloom, quality of fragrance produced.
I ordered these plants from Logee's.
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I could drop weight fairly easily in my 20s. Calorie reduction, fiber, water and a little more exercise was all I had to focus on. In my 30s, it got a little harder. So, I learned about lowering fat and carbohydrate intake. That worked well for about 10 years.
Then, around the age of 45 or so, Peri-menopause was in full swing and my metabolism had retired! I'd have 900 to 1200 calories of protein and complex carbs, with just 5 - 10 grams of fat a day for weeks on end and NOT lose one pound. Exercise would keep me toned up, but it would not help me lose weight.
The Weight Loss In Steps program shares with you what I'm learning to be able to be finally losing weight. This plan is very simple and flexible, yet highly effective. You decide which steps to take when (there are ten), and what dials to turn up or down (there are five).
Weight loss can be acheived in simple, palatable steps, EVEN as we women get older!
Check out my new Weight Loss In Steps e-book just published on Amazon! Weight Loss In Steps E-book.
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You are capable of giving her something that she will really love and want to wear a lot! Scarfsense silk scarves
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Run to a garden immediately, if you aren't familiar with this magnificent flower. Perhaps a neighbor is growing them. If so, ask if you can hold and smell one. If you are extra fortunate, you'll be able to take a stem home! These flowers are out for only about 7 to 10 days. I just picked these today from our garden. This is an article I wrote last year about peonies which tells you a bit more about them: peony article
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Some people believe the Jaguar E-type is the most beautiful car in the world, even 50 years after its introduction. I happen to agree! These pictures are from the ground up restoration done on my E-type. A picture is worth a thousand words!
Here's the full story: My E-type and Me
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It should be possible for Elizabeth Warren to prove her Cherokee ancentry. The DNA technology available today can test for this. Results are available in a matter of days. DNA Tribes is one of a few organizations I've heard of who can provide the testing.
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It's not your imagination, some leopard print scarfs look awesome and others, bad. This article tells you exactly what you need to look for to find a leopard print scarf that sizzles: Leopard Print Scarf Article
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